Entries From Mt. Shuksan 9-2-13

Mt. Shuksan: Schellens and Team Enjoy Better Than Expected Weather

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | September 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

September 3, 2013 AM

Hi all!  Kirk, Harry, and I had a very nice hike into the low bivy site on Mt. Shuksan yesterday; partly cloudy, but completely dry.  Last night we had a few light showers and then it opened up on us this morning around 8 - 9 a.m.  It has given us a little reprieve but is now starting to rain again.  We’re relaxing in tents and hoping for another break this afternoon so we can get some training in.  Everyone is in good spirits despite the weather and some wet boots from this mornings rain storm.  Thanks for checking in!

September 3, 2013 PM

Our hopes came true!  The weather broke this afternoon and we were able to get outside and get some training in.  We’re taking a break right now but will head back out and take advantage of the dry weather and train some more.  The forecasts predicts decent weather for tomorrow so we may try to climb.  I’ll keep you posted on our that goes. We’ll check in again tomorrow!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Mt. Shuksan admist the clouds.  Photo: Geoff Schellens
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Glad to hear you are out and about because we all know camping is in-tents! Love to you all

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Posted by: Beth on 9/3/2013 at 4:52 pm


Mt. Shuksan: SUMMIT!

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | September 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

12:30 p.m. PST : RMI Guide Geoff Schellens just called into RMI to let everyone know the team reached the summit of Mt. Shuksan at 9,127’!  Geoff Reported that the sky was dark and cloudy with a few sprinkles, but the rocks were relatively dry.  The team has started their descent and will report when they are back their base camp.  The have another day of training planned before heading out of the North Cascade Range on Friday.

Congratulations Team!

Climbing in the North Cascades Range - RMI Photo Collection
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Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear about your adventure. Always.

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Posted by: Beth on 9/4/2013 at 4:59 pm


Mt. Shuksan: Geoff and Team Recount Summit Day

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | September 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades
Elevation: 9,127'

Hi all,

Well we lucked out with the weather yesterday and made the summit of Mt Shuksan.  If you had asked me our chances of climbing yesterday morning I would have said not good.  The sky was very dark with heavy clouds hanging all around the summit, but as we started climbing they seemed to dissipate.  Kirk and Harry did a great job despite being a bit nervous about the rock climbing necessary for the summit pyramid.  We left our camp at around 7:30 AM and found ourselves smiling on the summit by 12:30.  All in all a great day.

Today we are resting and recovering during the intermittent rain showers and will hopefully get some more training in when we can.

That’s all for now,
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and Team

Kirk, Harry and Geoff on the summit of Shuksan - Photo Geoff Schellens

Mt. Shuksan: Geoff and Team Spend the Day Training

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | September 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *North Cascades

Hi all,
Today is our last day on Shuksan before we hike out tomorrow.  We spent the morning relaxing getting in and out of our tents as the rain storms were sporadic.  By early afternoon it seemed stable enough and we did some training.  First we practiced knots and hitches, then we moved on to building snow anchors, and wrapped up with some crevasse rescue scenarios.  We are now back in tents as a very dark ominous looking cloud quickly approaches. 

That’s the latest from Shuksan,

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens & Team

Rope Work on Shuksan. Photo: Geoff Schellens